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Taizhou children to perform for Latrobe audiences

The Taizhou Children’s Performing Arts delegation will present a number of performances

By Latrobe City Council - 15th August 2001 - Back to News

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The Taizhou Children’s Performing Arts delegation will present a number of performances at school halls and auditoriums during the next week while guests of Latrobe City.

In a program, which includes twelve items, the sixteen Taizhou children will stage performances depicting traditional Chinese culture presented through music, dancing and singing. Some children will perform solo and others will dance, and the whole group will join together for special chorus items. The program includes their own special rendition of the Australian folk song, Click Goes the Shears.

During their stay in Latrobe City, the delegation will stage daytime performances at 1.30pm Monday 20 August, at Traralgon Secondary College West Campus; 1.30pm Tuesday 21 August, at Lowanna Secondary College; 10.45am Thursday 23 August, at Kurnai College; 1.30pm Friday 24 August, at Hazelwood North Primary School; and 1pm Monday 27 August, at the Elizabeth Street Primary School in Moe.

While all performances are open to the public, a special evening performance for citizens will be presented at 7pm on Monday 20 August, in the Traralgon Secondary College Hall West Campus. Admission to all performances is by gold coin.

Latrobe City Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tony Hanning, said that having been selected from an exhaustive audition process earlier this year, the children felt honoured to have been chosen by the Foreign Affairs Office of Taizhou, and subsequently, had been rehearsing for many months to bring their show to Latrobe City.

"The Taizhou children have put together a very professional performance and by all accounts have trained to perfection. What they are presenting here in Latrobe, could be performed in front of Melbourne audiences at a top theatre venue and attract a standing ovation; that’s how good it is. It is an example of Chinese prowess in the performing arts," Cr Hanning said.

"Because the children all come from schools in Taizhou, close links have been encouraged with our own local schools, and the delegation will perform for many Latrobe students, giving them a first hand view of Chinese music and dance," Cr Hanning said.

Cr Hanning said the visit of the sixteen children and five accompanying adult leaders was quite unique, and helped strengthen Latrobe’s sister-city relationship with Taizhou. "The children will be strong ambassadors for Taizhou, just as students from our secondary colleges are strong ambassadors for Latrobe when they visit Taizhou," Cr Hanning said.

"I strongly encourage the Latrobe community to come to Monday evening’s performance to see and appreciate aspects of the Chinese culture, especially since the children have been successful in their initial selection to travel abroad, and are so enthusiastic to play before a Latrobe audience. They have devoted plenty of energy into their performance and it will be a great honour to have them as our guests, Cr Hanning added.


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